PTE, or the Pearson Test of English, is a computer-based English language proficiency exam. It evaluates listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. The test includes listening to recordings, reading passages, speaking into a microphone, and writing essays. Adequate preparation and practice are important for achieving a high score in the PTE exam.
The Pearson Test of English has become a popular testing system among students applying for international education in recent years. It is a test format that is not manual but rather computer-based.
The system evaluates the language skills of the students. The skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are tested. Speaking and writing are two modules that are combined into a single session. However, reading and listening are divided into two different sections. This test has been preferred by the students in recent years because of its reduced rate of bias, which is due to the fact that it is completely computerized.
The duration of the test is only 2 hours and is accomplished in a single test session. An individual giving the PTE test will be assigned a computer and a headset.
Things to know about PTE before you sit for the test:
Total Band Score for all skills: 90
Speaking and Writing Test:
lasts for an approximate time of 54 to 67 minutes.
has a total of 8 sections with 28 to 26 questions.
consist of question topics related to personal introduction, reading aloud, repeating sentences, describing images, retelling lectures, answering short questions, summing up written text, and writing an essay.
It lasts for an approximate time of 29 to 30 minutes.
has a total of five sections with 13 to 18 questions.
It consists of question topics related to filling in the blanks- reading, and writing multiple choice- multiple answer questions, reordering paragraphs, filling in the blanks- reading, and multiple choice- single answer question.
Lasts for an approximate time of 30 to 43 minutes.
Has a total of 8 sections with 12 to 20 questions.
consist of questions related to summarizing the spoken test, multiple choice- multiple answer questions, fill in the blanks, highlight the correct summary, multiple choice- single answer question, select the missing word, highlight incorrect word and write from dictation.
A minimum score of 62 overall and 61 in writing in the PTE test is required to apply for studies in European countries.
PTE test results are valid for two years from the date of the exam.